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An Ancient Remedy: Understanding Colloidal Silver

The argument for colloidal silver.

I know you’ve heard the expression “born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth”. It’s attributed to the wealth of the family, and that’s not wholly accurate.

Let me clear up the origin of the saying.

The idiom does mean “born rich” and the utterance of it dates back to Shakespeare. However, it became a common colloquial after the bubonic plague ravaged Europe. The Black Death was as indiscriminate as COVID-19, with one exception. The upper class were statistically less likely to fall victim to the plague. Though there are other factors contributing to the wellness of the rich, it was plainly observed and remarked on that the aristocracy dined with silver utensils, and drank from silver cups. The absorption of nanoparticles of silver is now known to have virucidal and antimicrobial properties. When it was also observed that individuals survived a rush of plague through their town or village, the idiom was often uttered “you were born with a silver spoon” and thus became the common phrase we still hear today.

So, how does a person benefit from the proven properties of silver in today’s society? After all, silver spoons aren’t so common as their less expensive counterparts.

There’s a product that my family has benefited from for decades! It’s not widely known and you may often hear it touted as “ineffective” or even “toxic” by people who stand to lose money because of its effectiveness. It can’t be patented so pharmaceutical companies can’t really profit from it.

Here are just a few of the benefits of this substance:

  • Reduces Topical Pain
  • Helps to Alleviate Herpes
  • Toxic to Breast Cancer Cell Lines
  • Helps to clear Eczema
  • Purifies Water
  • Reduces Ear Infections
  • Clears Sinus Infections
  • Alleviates Sore Throats
  • Eliminates Pink Eye

It’s considered Nature’s Antibiotic!

Previous to the invention of antibiotics, this substance was used to treat infections. Once patentable, revenue producing medicines were readily available, this remedy was forgotten about, discredited, abandoned, until fairly recently.

In recent years, the abundant overuse of antibiotics has created an issue within our populations. You may have heard the term “antibiotic resistance.” This simply means that many bacterial strains have developed the ability to defeat drugs designed to kill them. As antibiotic resistance happened in more and more cases, the age- old cure of silver is making a resurgence.

What are we talking about? It’s Colloidal Silver. Colloidal just means “made up of particles dispersed in aerosol, emulsion, gel, or suspension.”

Colloidal Silver is known to kill:

  • Bacteria
  • Fungus
  • Viruses
  • Yeast
  • Streptococcus
  • MRSA

In regards to coronaviruses, this is VERY important information. From the Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine (June 2003): “Efficacy against the SARS-related coronavirus, for example, may be enhanced when nebulized Ag1 is inhaled. (Ag is the symbol for silver.) This should achieve swift reduction of viral loads, especially in the early stages. Moreover, there is no known toxicity for Oligodynamic Ag1 in humans.” This should be VERY encouraging to those with respiratory issues in addition to those concerned about the current COVID-19 virus.
(PDF article)

So, what is it, exactly?

The colloidal silver I use is a suspension of nanoparticles in water. The only caution I advise if you’d like to try colloidal silver is to use a reputable company. Remember, this product can’t be patented, so anyone can make it and sell it. Just like in any industry, you’ll find good and bad.

These are two brands I like currently:

ACS Extra Strength
Silvercillin

Except for a casual mention on a recent talk show, there are no known studies linking colloidal silver and the new novel Covid-19 coronavirus. You will likely find the information discrediting this substance. I want to remind you again that companies cannot patent silver, so there’s not a way for them to profit in the way they can from other substances. It’s important to note that silver is used currently in the medical industry in numerous ways. One of the best dressings for a burn contains silver. Medical equipment such as needles, catheters, tubes, orthopedic hardware, and vascular prostheses contain silver. It’s difficult to understand why the FDA promotes the use of silver in these ways as good but in an easily, safely consumable way as bad. The antimicrobial and virucidal properties of silver are undisputed. Also, it’s been used by NASA and Russia to purify water in the space shuttles.

Let’s talk about the myths related to colloidal silver.

  • The higher the PPM (parts per million), the more effective the product:
    WRONG – It has more to do with the SIZE of the particles, not just the quantity!
  • Colloidal Silver should not be clear:
    WRONG – the silver particles should be microscopic meaning the liquid SHOULD be clear
  • Silver will harm my precious gut flora:
    WRONG – it does not disrupt gut flora
  • Colloidal Silver will turn me BLUE:
    WRONG – the products I use, referenced above, will not cause argyria. In fact, argyria is typically caused by prolonged exposure to silver dust due to a work environment, like silver mining, processing, or similar field. However, be careful where you source your colloidal silver from. Remember the first myth about “parts per million.” You don’t need excessive parts per million, you need nanoparticles. It would take constant ingestion of a pure colloidal silver in quantities too cost prohibitive to facilitate to produce blue skin. Or using products with unwanted or not useful additives could create issues. Go for the pure and the well established products.

Here’s how I use colloidal silver:

Hold One Teaspoon Under My Tongue for 30 seconds or if using the spray, spray about 6 times into my mouth, including under my tongue.

Maintenance: 1 teaspoon daily

Immune Building: 3 teaspoons daily

Long Term Immune Support: 5 teaspoons daily

Short Term Immune Support: 7 teaspoons daily

If I feel a cold or sinus issue coming up, I use a nasal spray to help clear it up. I’ll follow the short term guidelines for a couple of days and I usually experience very little discomfort or impact from common colds, and I rarely have sinus infections. I also follow this type of protocol when I travel to ward off any bacteria or viruses.

Please consult your “Integrative” or “Functional” MD, who can direct you in the right way for you and your family, with knowledge typical of any MD but with the additional knowledge of nutrition, supplements, wellness protocols, and much more beyond prescriptions.

My entire family has successfully used colloidal silver for years and I hope this imparts you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

Because this is not predicted to be “mainstream” information anytime soon, please pass this on to those you want to know about colloidal silver. It’s up to “us” to share the knowledge.

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